Matthew Samson enjoys a punt at the University of Cambridge
Matthew Samson enjoys a punt at the University of Cambridge

Alumni bound for Cambridge

Alumni Rowan Nicholson and Matthew Samson have been awarded University of Cambridge scholarships for research in International Law and Psychology respectively.

Rowan was one of seven applicants out of a competitive field of 44 academics to be awarded a Cambridge Australia Scholarship, awarded to outstanding Australian graduates to undertake Masters and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge.

Beginning October 2014, Rowan will pursue a doctorate in international law, focusing on the extent to which it has developed beyond its origins in Western Europe into a ‘universal’ legal system.

“One of the historical curiosities of public international law is that despite centuries of claims of universal legal authority – by emperors, popes and natural lawyers – the system that spread around the world rested on avowedly non-universal principles,” said Rowan.

Alumnus Matthew Samson received a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established in 2000 by a donation of US$210m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It facilitates postgraduate students with a capacity for leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

“I aim to investigate the factors that cause differential moral judgments towards issues such as gun reform and climate change. I hope that my PhD makes possible second-generation research investigating strategies that can strengthen adaptive and weaken maladaptive moral judgments,” said Matthew.

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